Republican conservatives huddle with Trump in New Jersey after FBI raid

The FBI on Monday searched the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Trump, a dramatic step that has increased speculation about the former president being in legal jeopardy. The FBI entered Mar-a-Lago after securing a search warrant from a federal magistrate judge after ​​demonstrating probable cause supporting their suspicion of criminal activity. While Trump did notContinue reading “Republican conservatives huddle with Trump in New Jersey after FBI raid”

EPA warns of increased cancer risk in two N.J. towns from air pollutant

by Dana DiFilippo, New Jersey Monitor Linden is one of two New Jersey communities — along with Franklin in Sussex County — that are among 23 towns nationally that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has identified as having higher cancer risks due to commercial sterilization factories there that spew a toxic gas called ethylene oxide.Continue reading “EPA warns of increased cancer risk in two N.J. towns from air pollutant”

Disclosure statements provide little insight into lawmakers’ finances

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor Members of a state trust that received just $720,000 in this year’s budget face more stringent financial scrutiny than the lawmakers who approved the $50.6 billion budget, a disclosure gap that critics say hurts already faltering trust in state government. The stricter financial disclosure rules aren’t unique to theContinue reading “Disclosure statements provide little insight into lawmakers’ finances”

Drowning is a major public health problem that can be prevented

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings each year. Drowning is a major public health issue that can be prevented. It is important to take extra steps at home, around pools and other bodies of water to keep your family safe this summer. Let us begin byContinue reading “Drowning is a major public health problem that can be prevented”

Perth Amboy man been charged with killing his girlfriend’s daughter

A New Jersey toddler was discovered to have been missing for three years during a welfare check and now her mother’s boyfriend is charged with murder. A 29-year-old Perth Amboy man has been charged with killing the daughter of his girlfriend more than two years ago, and the mother who hid the crime for 3Continue reading “Perth Amboy man been charged with killing his girlfriend’s daughter”

Pennsylvania predator pinned by police prevarication pleads guilty

Almost two years after he got caught in a police sting operation, a Pennsylvania man who virtually hooked up with what he thought was an underage teen after spotting what was a bogus social media profile, on Friday admitted traveling across state lines to New Jersey in order to engage in illicit sex acts with aContinue reading “Pennsylvania predator pinned by police prevarication pleads guilty”

Public records access in N.J. is a disaster

by Terrence T. McDonald, New Jersey Monitor New Jersey reporters were not stunned this week to learn, via a state comptroller report, that the body tasked with adjudicating disputes over public records is underfunded and slow, leading these disputes to stretch for an average of nearly two years. There’s a lot to dislike about the GovernmentContinue reading “Public records access in N.J. is a disaster”

30 months in prison for prescribing more than 8,600 Oxycodone pills

A New Jersey cardiologist was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for unlawfully prescribing thousands of Oxycodone pills. Raymond Catania, 60, of Warren, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an information charging him with dispensing Oxycodone outside of the usual course of professional practice andContinue reading “30 months in prison for prescribing more than 8,600 Oxycodone pills”

New office in N.J. will focus on suing gun manufacturers

by Sophie Nieto-Munoz, New Jersey Monitor State officials Monday announced the creation of a new office to bring legal action against gun manufacturers, dealers, and sellers, thanks to legislation signed by the governor intended to hold the gun industry responsible for shooting deaths.  The office will bring civil actions against firearm companies that violate state gunContinue reading “New office in N.J. will focus on suing gun manufacturers”

In 2021, the US had the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2005

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said 2021 saw the highest number of fatalities since 2005. The NHTSA estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021 estimated that 42,915 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year, a 10.5% increase from the 38,824 fatalities in 2020.  People have been dying on the roads ever since 1899,Continue reading “In 2021, the US had the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2005”

NJ responds to corrections officer’s tragic loss of wife and daughter

The New Jersey Superior Officers Law Enforcement Association has raised at least $95,143 after setting a goal of $30,000 on a Go Fund Me page for Lieutenant Craig James, a state corrections officer whose wife and daughter were recently killed in a car accident. Craig James, of Waretown, lost his wife, Denise, and three-year-old daughter,Continue reading “NJ responds to corrections officer’s tragic loss of wife and daughter”

Six Flags tiger gave birth to an extremely rare litter of five cuddly cubs

Nadya, a Siberian tiger, gave birth to an extremely rare litter of five cuddly cubs earlier this year at Six Flags Wild Safari. While most tiger births range from two to four cubs, this uncommon birth is also significant because as an endangered species, Nadya’s litter is equivalent to one1 percent of the world’s wildContinue reading “Six Flags tiger gave birth to an extremely rare litter of five cuddly cubs”

Long Branch man convicted of heroin & illegal gun ownership offenses

A Monmouth County man was convicted of narcotics and firearms offenses in federal court. Marnell Johnson, 46, of Long Branch, New Jersey, was convicted on July 14, 2022, following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp in Trenton. Johnson was convicted of possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession of a firearmContinue reading “Long Branch man convicted of heroin & illegal gun ownership offenses”

No criminal charges for Bordentown police officer in fatal stolen car chase

A state grand jury has voted not to file any criminal charges at the conclusion of its deliberations regarding the death of Keron Roundtree, 23, of Trenton, New Jersey, who was injured in a crash as he accelerated away from Bordentown Township Police Officer Keith Alexander after an attempted traffic stop on October 27, 2020.Continue reading “No criminal charges for Bordentown police officer in fatal stolen car chase”

‘Princess Doe’ murder victim identified after 40 years

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office announced that a murdered girl who was called Princess Doe after her remains were found 40 years ago in a New Jersey cemetery has been identified as Dawn Olanick, a Long Island teenager. Charges have been filed against the man they believe killed Olanick, Arthur Kinlaw, 68, who is currentlyContinue reading “‘Princess Doe’ murder victim identified after 40 years”

Linden cheerleader’s 2012 unsolved homicide is no ordinary cold case

Eighteen-year-old Amber Duncan-Wilson was shot dead on July 9, 2012, only a few days after she graduated from Linden High School, but authorities never found the culprit responsible for her slaying. Wilson and a friend were walking home from the Wood Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts shop, when she was approached by a robber, who argued withContinue reading “Linden cheerleader’s 2012 unsolved homicide is no ordinary cold case”

Medieval Times wants to keep employees in the Dark Ages

Medieval Times is paying an anti-union consultant $3,200 per day to hold meetings with workers to counter efforts by the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), an AFL-CIO affiliated labor organization that represents performing artists and stage hands in live performances. AGVA is hoping to bring more better safety, pay and respect to Medieval TimesContinue reading “Medieval Times wants to keep employees in the Dark Ages”

Driver killed after Jeep smashes into row of stores in Union Township

A motorist is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Union at 3:12 a.m. Wednesday, in the 1500 block of Morris Avenue in Union. The driver, identified as 72-year-old Theodore Hagg, of Elizabeth, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 2015 Jeep Wrangler jumped the curb and crashed into several signs, posts and fixtures inContinue reading “Driver killed after Jeep smashes into row of stores in Union Township”

Ghost gun taxi robbers face possible 20 years or more in prison

Naeem Jackson, 22, of East Orange, and Walter Williams-Lang, 20, of Elizabeth, are facing charges of shooting a taxi driver during a late-night robbery that occurred on an Elizabeth street in May. Two ex-cons seized in the shooting of a taxi driver during a late-night robbery in Elizabeth were identified by federal authorities on Tuesday.Continue reading “Ghost gun taxi robbers face possible 20 years or more in prison”

Judge to decide on Governor Murphy’s lame-duck casino tax giveaway case

by Nikita Biryukov, New Jersey Monitor A Superior Court Judge will decide in the next 30 days whether the state must pay Atlantic County millions of dollars to make up for tax revenue lost when Gov. Phil Murphy signed a casino-backed tax break measure last year. Judge Michael Blee is overseeing a legal dispute between the countyContinue reading “Judge to decide on Governor Murphy’s lame-duck casino tax giveaway case”